Winchester City Council grants a helping hand to The Brambridge Shop

Press Release: 28/09/2012

Mrs Khaira, Cllr Richard Izard and Alison Woods

Winchester City Council has contributed £5,000 to help fund a vital community facility. The Brambridge Shop, along with several other village stores, has recently received a village shop grant from the City Council.

The Brambridge shop has been providing groceries for local people since shortly after the second World War and has become a staple in the local community, growing to incorporate newspaper deliveries, an off-license, The National Lottery and even bread and pastries baked on site. Thanks to a grant from Winchester City Council the shop now boasts a brand new refrigeration unit and shop fittings. The shop is open from 6.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 6.30pm on Saturdays and 8am to 2pm on Sundays.

Mrs Khaira, who has been the owner of The Brambridge Shop for the last two years, said,

The grant has enabled us to improve and increase our capacity for displaying and stocking chilled products. Increasing our sales revenue is critical to the shop's survival and we very much appreciate any help we can get in achieving this.”

Cllr Robert Humby, Winchester City Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning, Economy, Tourism and Estates, added,

Village shops provide an essential service for local residents as they provide basic supplies for those without their own means of transport. With fuel costs rising steadily residents may decide that being able to shop local is highly advantageous.

The council is now offering grants of up to £1,000 for micro businesses, such as village shops, to help support and develop their business. The new business development grants can be used on items required to allow businesses to develop such as the purchases of IT equipment, website design or training and professional development.”

To find out more about the micro business development grants contact Alison Woods at Winchester City Council on 01962 848 347 or email awoods@winchester.gov.uk. For information about other grants schemes in the area, go to www.winchester.gov.uk/businessgrants